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“Over-rated tourist hangout”

Utopia Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #23 of 220 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $6
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Come and enjoy relaxing views overlooking the river. We have tropical gardens, river view yoga deck, tiki huts, beach volleyball courts, relaxing thai cushions, sofas, and bar stools. This is a place to come and relax. Enjoy food, drinks, and meet interesting people. Utopia is Zen by Day, Groovy by Night. Every evening we are by far the busiest place in the city. Utopia is a very special and unique place, and our typical customers will come back every day!! Don't wait until your last day to find Utopia.
Reviewed April 22, 2013

You can't help but notice the oodles of signs for Utopia. We received a voucher for Utopia when we did some trekking and finally gave in on our last day. The cantilever deck is impressive for its view and the signature shake (mango, tamarind, cinnamon) is a nice treat, but other than that, it wasn't worth going to. Not sure if because we were there at around noon, but the place was empty. Staff were difficult to locate as they were on the deck busy texting. As a result, dishes and garbage were piling up on tables. Not sure what the place looks like at night, but I suspect it is a party scene as where we sat, there was a smell of vomit in the fabrics of the lounging area.

We were feeling snackish, so we ordered some chicken tendons, but they didn't have any or didn't want to make them. That was fine, so we settled on the Luang Prabang treat of fried river weed with grilled eggplant dipping sauce. To be honest, it was meh. It tasted no different than the stuff sold at the markets only it cost much more. Also ordered the fries which were tasty. With our vouchers, we only paid for our drinks. This place is laid-back...perhaps too much.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This place has great views of the mekong river which is stunning... the food and cold beer is a nice touch and the chilled out mood and relaxed atmosphere is good.
The only gutting thing i would of thought is the curfew of midnight in luang pubang so the night always comes to an abrupt end,
But here it did not matter to much as the terrible taste in music like spice girls ringing out made me want to leave early... so nice venue - pants music!!!

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Thank Jody J
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We've been there with some friends, the palce is very nice to chill, with views to the river, great for sunset. People like going there to meet other people and have some drinks. The drinks are ok, a little bit pricey. What is really bad is the service, it's sooooo slow we couldn't believe. And that's why we didn't have any food or more drinks there. The wine also was very average.

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Thank alalas
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

With its location right by the river, Utopia is the place where most travelers gather for drinks and chill in the evening.

It's a nice place to hang out, but they close almost too early. On Saturday night we got kicked out at 11.30PM and on Sunday night we got kicked out at 11PM, even before we finished our carafe of wine!

Thank Tabtim
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

I have visited Utopia many times, mostly in the afternoon and have always found it a relaxing place to be, sit on the bamboo balcony overlooking the Namkhan river and relax on one of the cushions with a cool drink but be careful as there are no railings!
The food is ok but I usually go for a few drinks, the staff have always been courteous and helpful.
I have never seen it full of backpacers, there is often a mix of ages and nationalities
Including Lao customers.
Can be tricky to find but just ask!
Worth finding.

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Thank Roger P
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